(Deming) – A case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in an 80-year-old Luna County woman, who reportedly has recovered.
There have been 31 human cases of the disease so far this year in New Mexico, with one of the most recent cases being the local elderly woman.
State health officials are reminding New Mexico residents to continue to take precautions against West Nile virus, such as using insect repellant on exposed skin.
Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian for the state Department of Health, said most West Nile virus cases occur in the late summer but the disease remains a threat until the first hard freeze of the season.
Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache, and muscle
aches. In rare cases, West Nile virus can cause meningitis or encephalitis.
Luna County has had only two other confirmed cases of West Nile – one in 2008 and one in 2005.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
Gabriel Porras, age 21, was arrested for aggravated stalking and possession of drug paraphernalia… Estevan Macias, age 21, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to pay fines… Richard Pena, age 21, was arrested on a Magistrate warrant for failure to appear… Jorge Martinez, age 20, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia… and William Allison, age 19, was cited for shoplifting at Petro Truck Stop.
(Deming) – The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host the 8th annual Pancho’s Car Show this Saturday at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus.
The show, which will feature late model show cars, motorcycles and choppers, will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Attendees can enjoy music, food and the park’s exhibit hall as well.
Park Manager John Read said the show offers an opportunity to see some of the finest show cars and motorcycles in the southwest while enjoying the unique history and heritage at Pancho Villa State Park.
Trophies will be awarded in 15 categories including hot rod cars, hot rod trucks, antique cars, original cars, custom cars, best 4x4, under construction, best motorcycle and best chopper. A $100 cash prize and trophy will be awarded to the “Best of Show” vehicle.
Those interested in registering a show vehicle should call the park at 575-531-2711. The pre-registration fee of $20 per show vehicle includes lunch, a dash plaque and a chance at door prizes.
You may also register Saturday from 8-9:30 a.m. for $25.
Pancho Villa State Park is located in Columbus at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 9.
(Deming) – Red Ribbon Week is being observed October 23-31 in Deming Public Schools.
The theme for this year’s observation is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free.”
Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year.
Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually by wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events, pledging to live a drug-free lifestyle and paying tribute to DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena whose death inspired the commemoration of Red Ribbon Week.
Special Agent Camarena was an 11-year DEA veteran assigned to the Guadalajara, Mexico, office, where he was on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. In 1985, he was extremely close to unlocking a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline when he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers. His tragic death reportedly opened the eyes of many Americans to the dangers of drugs and the international scope of the drug trade.
DPS Associate Superintendent Mary Lou Cameron said each school in the district has developed special activities to bring awareness to the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle.
(Deming) – A bicyclist and a pedestrian were struck by vehicles in two separate accidents Tuesday.
The bicyclist – a 39-year-old Deming man – was transported to the hospital with visible injuries after being struck by a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by 38-year-old Evelyn Pastran of Deming.
Pastran was driving south on Klondike at about 3 p.m. Tuesday and was attempting to turn west on Elm when she struck the bicyclist who was travelling east on Elm.
Pastran was cited for a turning violation.
And the pedestrian – a Deming High School student – was struck while walking in the DHS student parking lot by another student – a 17-year-old boy – at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The driver left the accident scene but was found by Deming Police officers and cited for failing to render aid and failing to immediately notify authorities of an accident.
The victim was treated by emergency medical responders but was not transported to the hospital.
(Deming) – Here’s the area crime report:
David Lazarov, age 56, of Elephant Butte, was arrested for driving while license was suspended or revoked… Kasey Dupree, age 31, was arrested on Magistrate and Municipal warrants for failure to appear and is being held on a U.S. Marshall’s hold… Damon Reyes, age 19, of Lordsburg, was arrested on a District Court warrant for a probation violation… Isaac Clodfelter, age 30, of Silver City, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia… Jessica Gutierrez, age 28, was cited for dogs at large… Arlene Edwards, age 52, was cited for alcohol in a public place… and Leonard Pacheco, age 49, was cited for alcohol in a public place.
Also… an industrial air compressor valued at $20,000 was taken from a location off Prairie Road Southwest… a fire hydrant valued at $2,300 was taken from a location off East Atlantic Way in the Deming Industrial Park… and a car battery valued at $150 was taken from the Country Club.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session this Wednesday.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is to consider transfer of the 2013-2014 Revised Fleet Service Contracts and policy revisions.
Action will be taken.
The special meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The meeting will be open to the public.
(Deming) – The Deming Police Department is participating in a nationwide Drug Enforcement Administration initiative Saturday to get outdated prescription drugs out of homes.
Officials say unused prescription drugs often become part of the illegal substance abuse problem in a community.
Since most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, people are urged to dispose of their unwanted medications before they unwittingly become a drug provider.
Many people are concerned about the best way to dispose of unused and outdated prescription drugs, however, which prompted the “take back” initiative.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said residents are encouraged to drop off their unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs in a collection box to be set up in the lobby of the police department, 700 East Pine, this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon.
He said no questions would be asked and no identifying information requested.
Gigante added that medication must be in some type of container or baggie. The DEA does not accept any liquid medications, needles or syringes.
(Deming) – Deming Public Schools is implementing a new electronic fingerprinting process effective November 1st.
That means that the school district’s human resources department will no longer be accepting paper fingerprinting cards.
School officials said the change complies with requirements established by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
New employees of Deming Public Schools will need to register online prior to having their fingerprints taken.
Electronic fingerprinting will be conducted at the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon after November 1st.
Questions may be directed to the DPS Human Resources Department at 546-8841.
Again, Deming Public Schools will no longer accept paper fingerprinting cards effective November 1st. All fingerprints will be scanned electronically after that date.
(Deming)--The Deming Elks Lodge #2750 made a donation of over $500 and presented a saddle at the recent "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Barrel Race on October 5th.
Pictured: Lodge Lecturing Knight (3rd Vice President) Yvonne Perales, Exalted Ruler (President) George Torres, and 4-D Open Winner Page Bruins.